Disinfo: In Ukraine, children are turned into zombies and forced to sing the anthem

Summary

Ukrainian schoolchildren will be forced to sing the National Anthem of Ukraine. From September 1, all Kyiv schoolchildren will be required to participate in the collective performance of the anthem every day before the start of lessons. In Ukraine, children continue to be turned into zombies.

Disproof

This disinformation message falsely portrays a recommendation by the Kyiv City Council as an immediately applicable blanket measure. The Kyiv City Council, which proposed to start the school day with the National Anthem of Ukraine, has no lawful authority to instruct the Department of Education and Science to ensure the implementation of the anthem. The decisions of Kyiv's MPs are of a recommendatory nature. See similar disinformation messages alleging that in Ukraine, schools will be closed in large number and Residents of Donbas will be forcibly relocated to Lviv for re-education.

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  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/08/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: education, Nazi/Fascist
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The US Embassy in Armenia is a mini-Pentagon, escalating tension in the area and the Middle East

The current strategy of the US is to stoke existent tensions in the Middle East and make them explode, to harm some actors as much as possible. The escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a new advance in this direction. The US Embassy in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is carrying out high-scale subversive work, targeting Iran and Russia, among others. The building is a mini-Pentagon with hundreds of false diplomats who act from there.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no proof presented to support the claim. There is zero evidence that the US had anything to do between the military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan of July 2020. This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the US as an aggressive and destabilising power all over the world. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the US is encircling Russia with biological labs for a future attack, that it is preparing people to protest all over the world, or that it is ready to launch wars against China and Russia, to invade Venezuela, Mexico, Ukraine, Kaliningrad, Belarus and Iran, and to carry out a false flag operation in Alaska to blame Russia.

The Lublin Triangle is an anti-Russian coalition of Russophobes

The Lublin Triangle is an anti-Russian coalition of Russophobes. The countries of the anti-Russian coalition will coordinate Russophobic actions and statements among themselves.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania of Russophobia and encircling Russia. The Lublin Triangle is a new regional initiative that will focus on developing and enhancing the economic, political, and cultural ties of Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania. It will also serve as an important mechanism for strengthening Central Europe and promoting Ukraine's European and Euroatlantic integration. In a Joint Declaration, the foreign ministers of the three countries emphasized that the countries are committed to upholding the international law, to broaden military-to-military cooperation, to further support the Eastern Partnership program, to provide support in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, to promote mutual trade and investments, and to secure better access to regional infrastructure. They also commit to strengthening people-to-people contacts and civil society cooperation, including between scientists and experts. The so-called "anti-Russian coalition" for the "fight against Russia", which the Russian media refer to, is that the parties to the Lublin Triangle call on Russia to end its aggression against Ukraine and de-occupy Ukrainian territories. Commenting on the importance of the initiative, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that “the Lublin Triangle emphasises the important role that Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania play in Central Europe and the world. Our unity can not only strengthen our countries but also effectively counter common threats to guarantee the security and prosperity of our region."

Pseudo human right defenders' White Helmets embezzle 1/3 of their funds

Germany demanded that the White Helmets’ support fund return part of their donations. According to the newspaper Welt, the decision was prompted by a recent investigation by Dutch journalists. They discovered a number of financial violations with the fund of pseudo-human rights defenders, as well as their founder. A third of all funds received were spent by the White Helmets not for charitable purposes, but for other purposes.

Disproof

The report by Rossiya 24 mixes up narratives. The German newspaper die Welt, to which Rossiya-24 refers, reports on the financial audit of the Dutch NGO Mayday Rescue. As a result, so far, the German Foreign Office (Auswartiges Amt) asked Mayday Rescue to reimburse about 50 thousand euros from the total of 19,62 million euros granted. Mayday Rescue was known as a donor to the White Helmets. No narrative on "pseudo humanitarian organisation" was advanced by German journalists. This recurrent narrative was added by Rossiya-24. Welt emphasises that "the Federal Foreign Office pointed out that the allegations only related to the Dutch NGO. The work of the White Helmets and their important commitment to the Syrian civilian population should be expressly separated from it". "The White Helmets are known for their work in the Syrian civil war because they are often among the first to help out after bomb attacks. In the past eight years, they saved more than 115,000 people, according to US figures", - says die Welt. "There is also talk of financial irregularities in court proceedings brought by the Dutch NGO against its former director. It has been declared (undisputed) that "in 2018, 27 percent of the donated money and in 2019, even 33 or 34 percent of the money was not made available for the specified goals, but was spent on costs," it is said in the verdict published in early July", - reports die Welt. Therefore, the sentence "a third of all funds received were spent by White Helmets not for charitable purposes, but for other purposes" contains disinformation in particular: no law enforcement or government inspection accuses the White Helmets themselves of misappropriating 1/3 of the funds they received. The work of the White Helmets continues unabated, said the Chairman of the organisation, Raed Salah, to the German Press Agency. Even if Mayday Rescue was one of the main donors, now, without its support, the organisation continues to work without financial problems. See more disinformation cases on the White Helmets.